Marauders focus on improving their defense play | Softball

By David Pan | Apr 25, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Mariner’s Nia Hawkins pitches against Jackson.

Mariner continues to make progress though that progress isn’t necessarily showing up on the scoreboard.

Jackson, Lake Stevens and Monroe showed why they are the top three teams in the league by winning by scores of 30-0, 14-0 and 10-0 in Wesco 4A softball action.

First-year Marauders coach Nathan Beachy said that Mariner’s defense is much improved from the start of the season and continues to be an area the players need to work on.

“I’ve seen a lot of routine plays get made that at the beginning of the season were not getting made,” Beachy said. “I’ve seen us be in games because our defense is playing good. Where we’re really struggling is at the stick right now.”

Opponents have shut out Mariner (0-7 in the league, 4-9 overall) in six out of the last eight games and the Marauders have scored one run in the two other contests.

“We need to have a little bit better at bats,” Beachy said.

When the Mariner defense is making the plays, the team is competitive. The Marauders trailed Monroe 2-0 through the first four innings.

“We just need consistency in our defense,” Beachy said. “Those fly balls need to be caught.”

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